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Twitter Up Your Business: Rockable Mini-Book Review

Twitter seems to have a very polarizing effect on people. Some love it and some hate it. Some even love to hate it when they haven’t even tried the service yet. What makes Twitter so divisive?Recently, actor Sir Patrick Stewart came down on the usefulness of Twitter in his life calling it too simplistic to reduce life to 140 characters.

19" server cabinet from Lack with Vika Curry legs

Matthijs, inspired by the simplicity of the LackRack(.org) hack, decides to create something a bit more practical for everyday office use, made by three stock Ikea products plus some regular stuff from the local hardware shop. For instructions please click here. The page is in Dutch but it is pretty self-explanatory.

How Much Does Canceling Credit Cards Affect Your Credit Score?

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker, whose own blog paid homage to the movie, Fight Club, with the post Tyler Durden’s Guide to Personal Finance. While I generally check my credit report every 4 months or so, the last time I checked my credit score was November 2008. At that time, it was right at 740. Earlier this week, I checked my credit score again.

Leadership: The Importance of Knowing How to Delegate

“President Wilson did not have a well-organized secretarial staff. He did far too much of the work himself, studying until late at night papers and documents that he should have largely delegated to some discreet aides.

What Marriage Has Taught Me About Money

This is a guest post from WC, a guy in Chicago that writes about money at The Writer’s Coin. In May, I will celebrate my two-year anniversary with M, my favorite person in the world. I thought I knew a lot about everything before we got married, but now I’m wiser.

How to Craft a Killer Elevator Pitch That Will Land You Big Business

What is an Elevator Pitch?This is the 30-60 second business description of what you do and why someone should work with you.

Meet the New Money, Same as the Old Money

This month, Wired Magazine is running an interesting cover story entitled The Future of Money: It’s Flexible, Frictionless and (Almost) Free.

The Happiness Project Book

The Happiness Project : Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun chronicles Gretchen Rubin’s year long project to see if she could increase the amount of happiness in her life. The book blends her personal narrative with facts from her research into a wonderfully fulfilling read.

Removing Distracting Sounds

A single interruption of only a few seconds can cost you 15 minutes of your day.  When you get distracted from concentrating, it takes up to 15 minutes to get back to where you were before the distraction. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace. Don’t forget, they are still on sale at a greatly reduced rate. Follow Productivity501 on Twitter..

Wall beds that have function and style

The company Bonbon Trading has some wonderful wall beds that are perfect for small spaces or guest rooms. I’m a fan of the Ulisse wall bed unit with desk: And, I am quite fond of the Poppi Ponte single bed that unfolds to reveal storage in addition to the bed. When space is limited, wall beds are a great way to to get multiple uses out of the same room.

Happiness and the Visits of a Gazelle.

Several months ago, my book group read a wonderful book, Terrence O'Donnell’s Garden of the Brave in War. Because the book’s introduction compared it to Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa, I was prompted to re-read Out of Africa, which I hadn’t read in many years (a Secret of Adulthood: the best reading is re-reading).

Life After Bankruptcy: What's Next?

By Silicon Valley ... Having to file for bankruptcy is something we all hope we never have to do in our lifetimes. Whether you file for Chapter 13 or Chapter 7, there are repercussions to going through this process. However, like with other setbacks in life, you can recover.

Here’s a Guaranteed Way to Maximize Your Investment Returns

I have discovered a surefire way to drastically increase the returns you get on all of your investments, no matter what you’re investing in.

O Magazine focuses on uncluttering

The March 2010 issue of O: The Oprah Magazine just hit newsstands and it is dedicated to the theme “De-Clutter Your Life!” The uncluttering articles begin on page 142, but most of the content in the rest of the magazine is tangentially related to the topic. If you turn to page 158 of the issue, and search diligently, you can even spot a quote from me (hunting for it is like playing a g

Are Your Working Hours Jeopardizing Your Productivity?

Human beings are creatures of habit. (Yes, even freelancers like you.) We tend to wake up at the same time each morning, go through the same basic routine of tasks every day, and go to bed at the same hour every night. Routines are comforting and familiar.Oh, and they could destroy your productivity.Every person is most productive at certain times of day and least productive at others.